27th Oct2011

DIY Candle Holder

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Candle Holder

DIY Candle Holder

Making this wooden votive tea light candle holder is quite simple, inexpensive, and makes a great gift (I should know; my brother made this one for me!).  I use it as a centerpiece on my dining room table all year round because it is very versatile as each season changes.

Materials Needed:

  • Any size piece of wood
  • Sand Paper (100 – 325 grit)
  • Spade Bit (approximately 1 ½”)
  • Drill
  • Stain (optional)
  • Polyurethane (optional)

Lumber or wood costs less than two dollars per foot and comes in a variety of thicknesses and wood types.  Select one to fit your personal style.

To make a tea light holder like this, use a drill and Spade bit to create each hole in any size block of wood.  A standard tea light is approximately ½ inch high.  Make sure your piece of wood is at least double the thickness. After drilling, use sand paper to smooth out the surface.  Next, wipe your holder clean from dust and stain it the desired color. If you would like, add two coats of polyurethane to seal it.

Tea lights are very inexpensive.  You can purchase a bag of twenty four from IKEA for less than six dollars.  You can also insert glass candle holders as well.

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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